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[kol-yuh-ree] /ˈkɒl yə ri/
noun, plural collieries.
a coal mine, including all buildings and equipment.
Origin of colliery
First recorded in 1625-35; collier + -y3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But our projected port is much nearer to its colliery than Chinwangtao.

  • But he would not be put down by the bully of the colliery, and he fought him.

    Lives of the Engineers Samuel Smiles
  • Therefore, I suppose, in a year's time the whole place will be a colliery.

    The Relentless City Edward Frederic Benson
  • Her husband, she said, was not in the p. 130house at present, but she would send for him to the colliery.

    Lives of the Engineers Samuel Smiles
  • Will this farce never have an end until the escaped gas blows up the colliery, and makes of it and of us a new Pompeii?

    Black Diamonds Mr Jkai
  • They were compelled to go to him by the rules of the colliery.

    Derrick Sterling Kirk Monroe
  • George Stephenson was at this time the engine-wright of the colliery.

    Stories of Invention Edward E. Hale
  • She wanted his advice now, and she went straight to his offices at the colliery.

    The Root of All Evil J. S. Fletcher
British Dictionary definitions for colliery


noun (pl) -lieries
(mainly Brit) a coal mine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for colliery

1630s, "coal mine," see collier + -y (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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